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The Origin of Eagle Coaches

What with the 85th anniversary of the Trailways organization being celebrated, it was not unusual to have industry people talking about Eagle coaches that were identified with Trailways for many years. We found it interesting that many younger members of the bus industry were unaware of the story behind the origin of Eagle coaches. Admittedly […]

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The Oldest Converted Bus

Dick Seybolt, who was then involved with Diamond Coach, acquired a 1917 Packard bus with a converted interior. Recently, he donated it to the Antique Automobile Club of America that had merged with the Museum of Bus Transportation. Based on available evidence, it appears to be the oldest converted bus we know of and may […]

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Bus Museum

Just over a year ago the Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Museum of Bus Transportation merged with the nationally-acclaimed Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum, where they had been renting exhibit space for nearly 20 years. The late Dick Maguire of Capitol Trailways, with the financial assistance over the years of bus industry stalwarts George Sage, Frank […]

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Trailways moving forward

When five independently-owned motorcoach companies became the founders of the National Trailways Bus System in Chicago on February 5, 1936, they were looking ahead at a changing transportation industry in which they could thrive through teamwork rather than struggling individually during a Great Depression.          With that same attitude of teamwork, fierce independence and focus […]

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the Unexpected Octopus

Cruising a tropical reef, our dive guide signaled that someone should check out a hole in the coral, so we could see what was hiding there. It may surprise you, but I am not that goofy (besides, the guide was not sticking his face in).          Trusting him, a young woman gave it a whirl, […]

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Brexit

Several readers are aware that your editor has been following the Brexit process for years. Hence, we have received several requests for a condensed report on Brexit as well as suggestions on how it will affect the bus industry. There already have been books written on Brexit so that trying to condense it into a […]

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TEMSA Coaches Now Running in Canada

TEMSA coaches are now making increasing inroads in the Canadian coach market because of their high manufacturing standards and rustproofing that withstand Canada’s difficult weather conditions.             Founded in 2018 by Raj Mahadeo, Damera Bus Sales is a division of the Mississauga Bus Group of Companies that is based in the Toronto area and specializes […]

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New Coach Review

Many people in the industry have noted that most of the trade shows have been postponed or cancelled. This has limited the ability of potential buyers to review existing product lines and check out anything new. A major reason for this has been concern for social distancing in the current COVID-19 crisis. While there may […]

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Irizar solutions to combat the virus on public transport

The Irizar Group keeps accelerating its capacity for innovation with the goal of contributing to the reactivation of the public transport sector and promoting safe and sustainable collective mobility. It is not without need that they are providing solutions developed for buses and coaches to fulfil the safety and hygiene measures for preventing the spread […]

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Barons Bus Invests in Motor Coach Air Purification system using UV Lights from NFI Parts™

NFI Parts™, the parts subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent bus manufacturers, has received an order from Barons Bus for 51 UV Light Kits to be installed on their entire fleet of MCI J4500 motor coaches.             NFI Parts’ UV Lighting system works to reduce bacteria, viruses and mold […]

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The Rapid Celebrates the Launch of the Laker Line in Grand Rapids

On Monday, August 24, 2020, The Rapid celebrated the launch of the Laker Line, Michigan’s second bus rapid transit (BRT) system, with a ceremony at Pew Station.             The Laker Line (https://www.ridetherapid.org/howtoride/laker-line) began service between Grand Valley State University Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids campuses on August 24, 2020. The launch of this new BRT […]

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ARBOC Offers Polser USA’s Antimicrobial Interior Sidewalls

ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC (“ARBOC”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, recently announced that it will be the first to include antimicrobial sidewall paneling from Polser USA for the interiors of its buses. With downtime for sanitation as a significant concern for transit bus organizations, […]

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How Temsa Developed Their Programmable Electric Bus

By Larry Plachno Anyone involved in the bus industry is aware of the movement to battery-electric buses in recent years. There are several advantages to electric buses. While they are more expensive to buy, they offer substantially reduced pollution in operation and also tend to be more economical to operate and to maintain. Electric buses […]

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CCW Gets ZEPS Electric Bus Contract from Twin Transit

Complete Coach Works (CCW) has announced its contract to convert two, 2004 35-foot Gillig buses into Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses for Twin Transit in Centralia, Washington.             CCW takes previously used, internal combustion engine buses and remanufactures them into like-new vehicles containing ZEPS all-electric drivetrain systems. ZEPS is an integrated technology tested for […]

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How “Suite: It Is

Liberty Coach and Prevost team up on a new masterpiece of space and style It is often said a picture is worth a thousand words. For this particular picture, every one of those words might well be “awesome.”             Anyway you look at it, Liberty Coach’s aptly named new “Super Suite” is like nothing the […]

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A Tribute to Kirwan Elmers

By Larry Plachno On Sunday, May 10, 2020, Kirwan Elmers passed away in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 91. He was perhaps best known for being the co-founder, along with his father Miles, of Custom Coach Corporation in 1955. In 2020, Custom Coach Corporation celebrates its 65th anniversary.             It would take a book […]

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Getting People Back on the Buses

By Larry Plachno By this time it has become obvious that the biggest challenge facing the bus industry is getting people comfortable about getting back into buses. Here are some thoughts on this subject.             Those who have done historical research in transportation can tell you about early days when the railroads, electric interurban lines […]

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The Evolving MCI Product Line

By Larry Plachno Among the more popular questions and inquiries we have heard lately are those involving the emerging and evolving MCI product line. If you have fallen behind with keeping up with all of the improvements, developments and evolution at MCI in 2019, you are not alone. This seems to be a common, current […]

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Westchester County retrofitting buses with two-position bicycle racks

Owosso, Mich. – Cyclists will now have an easier time of using public transit buses while getting around Westchester County, New York. Byk-Rak, based in Owosso, Mich. is retrofitting 247 Westchester County buses with its two-position bike racks so riders can easily stow their bikes while riding the bus to the next destination where they […]

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